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The UFC hosts its third event in Nebraska on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 135. The event takes places at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln with a main card that airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Lightweight contenders meet in the main event. Former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) looks to snap his losing skid in a matchup against the streaking James Vick (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC).
For more on the numbers behind the headliner, as well as the rest of the bouts on the card, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 135.
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Gaethje is a former WSOF lightweight champion.
Gaethje has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on a 18-fight winning streak.
Gaethje had earned 16 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 16 of those wins by knockout.
Gaethje is the only fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in each of his first three UFC fights. He’s landed 341 significant strikes in his three UFC appearances.
Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez combined for 277 significant strikes landed at UFC 218, the fourth highest single-fight total in UFC lightweight history.
Gaethje has been awarded four fight-night bonuses in three UFC appearances.
Vick competes in his first UFC main event. He’s never headlined or co-headlined a card in his tenure with the promotion.
Vick who stands 6-foot-3, is the tallest lightweight on the UFC roster.
Vick has earned eight of his 13 career victories by stoppage.
Michael Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC featherweight debut at UFC Fight Night 124 in January.
Johnson is 1-5 in his past six fights dating back to August 2015.
Johnson’s nine knockdowns landed in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Edson Barboza for second most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (13).
Cortney Casey (7-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) competes in her ninth UFC strawweight bout, tied for second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11).
Casey has suffered all five of her UFC losses by decision.
Angela Hill (8-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is 2-2 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017. She’s 6-2 since her initial release from the company in late 2015.
Hill’s two knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).
Jake Ellenberger (31-14 MMA, 10-10 UFC) is 2-8 in his past 10 UFC appearances dating back to July 2013.
Ellenberger’s seven stoppage losses in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Matt Hughes and Matt Brown for second most in divisional history behind Mike Pyle (eight).
Ellenberger’s six knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Brown (nine), Thiago Alves (eight) and Hughes (seven).
Ellenberger’s 11 knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Alves (13).
Ellenberger is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a north-south choke submission victory. He accomplished the feat against Josh Koscheck at UFC 184.
Ellenberger defends 86.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Tyron Woodley (97.6 percent).
Bryan Barberena (13-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) becomes the third in UFC history to fight siblings inside the octagon. He beat Jake’s brother, Joe Ellenberger, at UFC on FOX 13 in December 2014.
Barberena is 3-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in January 2016.
Barberena is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn an arm-triangle submission from either half or full guard. He accomplished the feat against Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18.
John Moraga (19-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) competes in his 14th UFC flyweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (15).
Moraga’s three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with four other fighters for the longest active streak in the division.
Moraga’s eight victories in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).
Moraga’s five stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (seven).
Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Johnson (five).
Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.
Deiveson Figueiredo’s (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) 14-fight MMA winning streak is the longest active streak of any UFC flyweight.
Figueiredo’s three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with four other fighters for the longest active streak in the division.
James Krause (25-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) returns to the UFC welterweight division after a one-fight stint at lightweight. He’s 6-0 in his pro career when fighting at 170 pounds.
Krause’s submission of Sam Stout at the 4:47 mark of Round 3 at UFC 161 stands as the third latest submission victory in a three-round UFC fight.
Warlley Alves’ (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) three guillotine choke submission victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history.
Cory Sandhagen (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), 26, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Iuri Alcantara (35-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Alcantara competes in his 15th UFC bantamweight fight, tied with T.J. Dillashaw and Urijah Faber for the most appearances in divisional history.
Alcantara is 8-5 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in January 2013.
Alcantara’s five stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight) and Faber (six).
Alcantara defeated Luke Sanders at UFC 209 despite a –107 total strike differential (134 to 27), the second-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history behind Anderson Silva’s comeback against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (-256).
Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Ryan Janes combined for 255 significant strikes landed at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, the single-fight record for a UFC middleweight bout.
Mickey Gall (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all four of his career victories by submission in a total fight time of 12:32.
Gall’s 45-second submission of Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82 tied the mark for fourth fastest submission in UFC welterweight history.
Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) returns to the women’s flyweight division for the first time since June 2016. She’s 3-0 in her career at 125 pounds.
Calderwood enters the event with back-to-back losses for the first time in her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since June 2016.
Calderwood was victorious in the first UFC women’s flyweight bout when she defeated Valerie Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 89.
Kalindra Faria (18-7-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) competes in her third UFC women’s flyweight bout, tied with Jessica-Rose Clark for the most appearances in divisional history.
Jon Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.
Rani Yahya (25-9 MMA, 10-3 UFC) has earned 19 of his 25 career victories by submission. He’s finished 12 of those wins in Round 1.
Yahya’s seven stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in combined divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight).
Yahya’s seven submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Faber for most in combined divisional history.
Yahya is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a north-south choke submission in UFC competition. Ellenberger, Jeff Monson and Michel Prazeres have also accomplished the feat.
Yahya’s 21 takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Faber (26) and Dominick Cruz (23).
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